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Get Tiki With Me at UnderTow

My middle name should have been Fog Cutter. That’s what my father used to say. Jim Billups, or simply “The General” was a commanding figure to be sure. Everything about him was larger than life, including his stories. One of his favorites had to do with my mother’s pregnancy with yours truly. They were living in Colorado Springs and my father had just retired from …

Bloodies, Bubbles and Brunch at Hash Kitchen

“I looked at it (vodka), sniffed it. It was pretty pungent and smelled like rotten potatoes. ‘Hell, what have we got to lose? Get me some Worcestershire sauce, some tomato juice, and lemon; That ought to kill the smell.’ “ George Jessel, “The World I Lived In” Whether you believe the Bloody Mary cocktail was named for Mary Tudor who burned hundreds of religious dissenters …

Hopdoddy’s Oktoberfest Menu

German settlers started moving to Central Texas in 1831 driven from their homeland by political and economic pressure, and lured to the New World by land grants and the dream of a better life.  Within a few short years, they found a pocket of Texas to call home and started populating the area with towns whose names such as New Braunfels, Boerne, Fredericksburg, Bergheim, and …

James Beard Foundation Taste of America Phoenix

The James Beard Foundation kicked off its culinary tour called Taste America in Phoenix on September 20 – 22, 2017.  This 10-city tour brings together chefs with foodies for a series of events celebrating James Beard and the mission of the Foundation, which is to “celebrate, nurture, and honor chefs and other leaders making America’s food culture more delicious, diverse, and sustainable for everyone.”  A …

Local Focus – Pomchies

Occasionally, I have the honor of being asked to promote a product or service on Instagram or my blog.  In all honesty, my first reaction is that of hesitation because I wonder, “What if I don’t like it?”.  I am nice to a fault, and the Catholic school girl in me worries that telling white lies has the outcome of time in the confessional booth. …

Amangiri

Hubby and I booked a two-night stay at the Amangiri this summer as a late anniversary present to each other.  After an exhilarating stay on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, we drove two and a half hours to the 600-acre property, which is off Highway 89 just 16 miles north of Page, Arizona.  The Amangiri, whose name means “Peaceful Mountain”, is one of …

Explore Arizona: Antelope Canyon

Recently I was asked by a friend what were my highlights of the summer.  There were truly so many, from the Grand Canyon to Alaska, to simply spending time with the family on the beach in California.  I have to admit, however, that our visit to Antelope Canyon tops that list.  Antelope Canyon is a slot canyon located on the Navajo Reservation in Northern Arizona …

10 Hot Topics From Aspen Food & Wine Classic 2017

I would be remiss if I let this summer float on by without sharing with you some of my experiences from the Aspen Food & Wine Classic held by Food & Wine Magazine in glamorous Aspen, Colorado.  This was my 5th year to attend, and it is my absolute guilty pleasure of the summer. Frosé.  We all know that rosé has exploded onto the culinary …

Austin Eats

Hubby and I dropped the kids off at summer camp at the beginning of the month and took the opportunity to bum around Austin for a weekend.  It had been about 5 years since my last visit, which is pretty lame.  You see, I have no excuse not to visit more often since I have a sister there.  We hit a good cross section of …

Explore Arizona: The Grand Canyon

Around the great state of Arizona, when one talks about “the Canyon”, one is referring to the Grand Canyon.  For we have lots of canyons, Canyon de Chelly, Salt River Canyon and Glen Canyon to name a few, but none has the mystique of the Grand Canyon.  We are the Grand Canyon State, after all.  It is nothing short of awe inspiring to stand on …